As we all take steps to follow the CDC’s infection control and prevention procedures and adhere to state and local mandates to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we must not lose sight that seniors and family caregivers are affected in more ways than one during this pandemic. People ages sixty and older are not only more susceptible to adverse health outcomes with COVID-19 but are also impacted by an increase in social isolation.
Older adults have had to adapt to a new normal that includes social distancing requirements, ever-changing curfews, on-and-off business closures, quarantines, and increased isolation. Because of seniors’ health concerns, many have had to distance themselves from long-time friends, neighbors, and family members. Family caregivers can take steps to mitigate isolation and loneliness by encouraging seniors to stay socially engaged.
Consider the following social engagement options to include on a senior’s weekly activity schedule:
We hope the information we included in this blog is helpful to you and your loved ones.
Older adults in our area are facing increased challenges by being homebound due to COVID-19. Senior Helpers Orlando caregivers are available to provide care and support to seniors in our community. Senior Helpers Orlando provides in-home health care services in the counties of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole. Should you need assistance in caring for a loved one, and need information about the services we provide, please call Senior Helpers Orlando at (407) 628-4357.
Ana P. DeLane
Senior Helpers Orlando Team Member
Resources and References:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Older Adults; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); updated June 26, 2020; retrieved July 7, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html
Fannies Friends (Support Group for Adult Daughters and Granddaughters) Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center; retrieved July 7, 2020, from https://adrccares.org/events/support-group-advent/